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New for 2024: Dispatches’ (always updated) list of the best EDM-plus festivals across Europe and the globe

It’s that time of year again … time to scramble to get passes to the best EDM festivals across Europe and the globe.

More than ever, this is a billion-euro business, with top stars such as Tïesto, David Getta and Calvin Harris working with top stars such as Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Tate McRae, banking millions and living on Billionaires’ Row in Miami. So, yeah, the biggest festivals such as Time Warp cost millions to stage, sell out fast … and cost more to attend every year.

And being global businesses, many of these festivals such as Time Warp and Tomorrowland have spun off clones in the United States and on other continents. Dispatches gets regular releases from the PR people, so look for updates through 2024.

Gates of Agartha

7 & 8 June at Cave Romane in Pula, Croatia

Yet another new festival in Croatia, but one that’s putting Names on stage including Adriatique, Bedouin, Dixon, Vintage Culture, Seth Troxler, TSHA and Avantgart Tabldot. Gates of Agartha is at an old quarry, and repurposing settings is a thing for Turkish brotherrs Yaaz and Yalim Acar, who put on shows in the caves of the famous Cappadocia region.

Two-day tickets start at 148.89 and you can get yours here.

This year, you have the option of staying at Pula Brioni Hotel for a whopping 2,700 euros. Mus ba niiiiice!

UNUM Festival 2024

6 thru 11 June, Shëngjin, Albania

Albania might be the last European country with beaches and mountains that is ignored by the tourist masses. But not by EDM fest fans.

UNUM Festival isn’t a conventional festival i but a music-centric gathering “for those in the know,” according to the release we got. Six days of almost uninterrupted music in exclusive settings. Dancing on the beach. Camping in a rustic setting.

All good.

UNUM is for fans of underground and minimalist EDM. And they pack a LOT of performers into those six days including Altin Bosh, Anfisa Letyago, Arapu, Cabanne, Christian AB, DJ Reas, Varhat (Live), John Dimas, Korolova, Maher Daniel, Manu Gonzalez, Praslea, Priku, Raresh, Rhadoo, Sonja Moonear and many more. We counted somewhere around 85 artists on three stages.

Tickets start at 159 euros and you can get yours here.

Nameless Festival

14 thru 16 June at Annone di Brianza south of Lake Como

One of our favorite destinations in Europe has a music festival! Who knew …?

Well, we’re thinking the Italians, for one. This 10-year-old festival will bring Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, Justice, Chase & Status (DJ Set), deadmau5, Kungs, Level Up, Subtronics, Wooli, Bizarrap, DJ Snake, Dombresky, Jersey (live) and Sammy Virji to a green space just south of Lake Como.

Nameless Festival is mostly sold out, but there are a few tickets left starting at 159 euros. You can get them here.

Pinkpop

21 thru 23 June, Landgraaf, Netherlands

This is the biggest of the big Dutch rock n’pop festivals, though Calvin Harris, the world’s richest DJ, is on the bill for ’24. This year, headliners include Limp Bizkit, Ed Sheran (of course), Maneskin and a bunch of kind of retro acts.

This is a true event, with camping and lots of polite Dutch madness. And we have Dutch friends who have been going to Pinkpop since they were kids, and now in their 30s, they still never miss a year.

You can try to get tickets here, though it looks like it’s sold out and there’s a waiting list.

Tomorrowland

19 thru 28 June in Boom, Belgium

This is the big one for Europeans, on the same level as Coachella, but without the weird Boujee hippy-dippy vibe. It’s more like Woodstock, with 70,000-plus attendees expected for ’24. How big is this? Well, the Tomorrowland Insty feed has 9.2 million followers.

Each year has a theme, and for 2024, it’s “LIFE,” all caps. Just about everyone you’ve ever heard of (and a lot you haven’t) will be featured on the various stages. You can see the massive list here. Tomorrowland is sold out, but you can get on the wait list here. Good luck … you’ll need it.

Last year, the lineup included Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Ape Rave Club, Like Mike, Kölsch and Tale of Us.

Hideout Festival

23 to 27 June, Zrce Beach, Croatia

Hideout Festival will return next year to Zrce Beach in Croatia from 23 to 27 June with four stages of EDM DJs/live acts.

You can book tickets, accommodation and flight packages here through the festival for a deposit of 149 pounds. Tickets start at 189 pounds.

The line-up promises Names from across the dance music spectrum that takes in both legends and a curated mix of new talents. Returning favorites and big hitters include 4am Kru (Live), Alan Fitzpatrick, Eats Everything, Flava D, Girls Don’t Sync, Interplanetary Criminal, Joy Orbison, Mall Grab, Prospa, Sarah Story, Skream, and Solardo. Debuts include Bicep performance of their Chroma AV DJ show, Nia Archives, blk., Hannah Laing, Oden & Fatzo (Live), Sammy Virji, VTSS, Fleur Shore, Love Remain and Y U QT.

Hospitality on the Beach

2 July thru 9 July, Tisno, Croatia

The world’s biggest drum and bass celebration is heading to Croatia’s The Garden Resort. Hospitality On The Beach will play out across four stages on the Adriatic with some of the scenes hottest artists including: A.M.C, Alix Perez, Camo & Krooked, DJ Marky, Fabio & Grooverider, Flava D, Kings Of The Rollers & Inja, Lens, LTJ Bukem, Metrik, P Money X Whiney, Sub Focus and more.

Hospitality On The Beach debuted in 2018 and has since had three editions, including one in Albania. It has evolved in that time and is now known for putting on major events in prime locations. The are boat parties and an al fresco afterparty. While you’re there, explore the town of Tisno which offers seafood restaurants, pizzerias, bakeries and gelato shops.

The Garden Resort offers apartments, “luxury” mobile homes (we’ve heard it all, now), camping or hostels which you can book direct.

Tickets start at 190 pounds and you can get yours here.

Heineken Balaton Sound

3 July thru 6 July, Lake Balaton, Zamárdi, Hungary

You had to wonder how long it would be before big biz realized the value of branding music festivals with thousands of young, affluent attendees.

This festival in Hungary is the first that we know of to be sponsored, though this is pretty common in the world of ski festivals. Heineken Balaton Sound is on Lake Balaton, so you can relax, go on a boat cruise and soak up the sun during the day while dancing the night away.

For a newish festival, the lineup is impressive, with Kölsch, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer, Marshmello, Paul Kalkbrenner, Stephan Bodzin (live), Reinier Zonneveld (live), Mathame, FJAAK, Mind Against, Maceo Plex, Miss Monique and hard dance techno stars Sara Landry, Trym, 999999999 and of course, Timmy Trumpet. But when you have the world’s second-biggest brewery as a sponsor, all things are possible.

Day tickets start at 59 euros, multi-day passes at 195 euros and you can get yours here.

Ultra Europe

12 July thru 14 July in Split, Croatia

This is arguably Croatia’s biggest EDM event. What’ not debatable is that Ultra Europe puts mega Names on stage.

For 2024, the initial headliners have just been announced and they include Adam Beyer, Armin van Buuren, Boris Brejcha, Eric Prydz, Hardwell and Martin Garrix and Timmy Trumpet. (I’m sorry, but we can never type “Timmy Trumpet” without giggling.)

As of mid-May, Phase 2 headliners include Afrojack, Alison Wonderland, Axwell, Black Tiger Sex Machine Presents The Anime Show, CamelPhat, Deborah De Luca, DJ Snake, KSHMR, Sebastian Ingrosso, SLANDER, Subtronics, Vini Vici, Vintage Culture and W&W. 

This festival attracts a crazy number of people from all over the world. So a word to the wise – get your tickets ASAP. Considering Ultra puts Armin van Buuren, AND Martin Garrix on stage, tickets as expensive as you might imagine, starting at 179 euros, and you can get yours here. (A note – the euro has replaced the kuna now for more than a year, so you don’t have to worry about changing money anymore.)

Terminal V Croatia

18 July thru 22 July, Tisno Beach, Croatia

The UK’s big party brand brings the show to four open-air stages at Garden Resort in Croatia for its first international event. Acts for this debut event include Klangkuenstler, Mall Grab, AZYR, Charlie Sparks, MRD, SNTS, Funk Assault. Horsegiirl, Dyen, KI/KI, Adiel, Hannah Laing, Kobosil, Kettama and more, according to the media release we got.

Tickets are about 182 euros, and you can get yours here. (The festival cuts off at 6,000 people.) That ticket does NOT include accommodations, which will run you at least a couple of hundreds euros per night, depending on where you book. And then there are the boat parties and whatever, so bring lots of cash.

By the way, Terminal V just won DJ Mag’s best British Festival award for 2023 for its huge events in Scotland.

Sea You Festival

19 July to 21 July, Lake Tunisee, Germany

Germany’s Sea You Festival returns from 19 July to 21 July. The setting is Lake Tunisee near Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest, and this is a big festival, promising 150 DJs/acts. They include some big Names including 999999999, Adam Beyer, Boris Brejcha, I Hate Models, Len Faki, Lilly Palmer, Pan-Pot, Reinier Zonneveld (Live), Rodriguez Jr. (Live, Shlømo, Worakls Orchestra and more.

The Sea You Festival is one of the most popular electronic music festivals in Germany. Water sports and other activities in and on the lake means the “Beach Republic” offers an ultimate summer experience … well, as summery as Southernwestern Germany gets.

This festival, which debuted in 2014, tends to sellout, and you can get your tickets here. They start at 159 euros.

The festival has three campsites. It is located directly on the swimming lake with bathing and dancing in, around 1 kilometer of beachfront and views of the Black Forest.

Love Family Park

3 August and 4 August in Rebstockpark in Frankfurt.

Love Family Park is back in the stunning Rebstockpark in Frankfurt am Main for the 25th year. This year will be a two-day party over the weekend of 3 August and 4 August, with two stages each day.

Day One of Love Family park will put adam Beyer, Charlie Sparks, Loco Dice, Patrick Mason, Sven Väth and more and on those stages. Day Two will feature 999999999, Alignment, Indira Paganotto, Mind Against, Miss Monique, PAN-POT b2b Sama’ Abdulhadi, Reinier Zonneveld live and Trym.

So, two high-energy days in the park, which has been a bit of an issue in the past with noise complaints. Oganiser reduced the capacity to 10,000 guests last year, but this year will double capacity to 20, 000 people, according to the press release we got.

Tickets start at 59 euros and you can get yours here. And for the record, we love the 1990s bitmapped, retro graphics on the website.

Untold Festival

8 thru 11 August in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Untold Festival takes place in the woods of Transylvania outside Romania’s main tech center of Cluj. This festival includes multiple genres, and this year, rocker Lenny Kravitz and pop star Sam Smith will be playing the main stage along with EDM idols such as OGs Steve Aoki and Carl Cox, Martin Garrix and Swedish House Mafia.

So yeah, this is a big deal.

You can get tickets here starting at 400 lei, which translates to about 80 euros.

Les Plages Életroniques

16 thru 18 August in Cannes

This mega-festival in Cannes is one of the Beautiful People events that draws nearly 100,000 people every year. This year, Names include Boris Brejcha, Paul Kalkbrenner and – you guessed it – Timmy Trumpet. But the French prefer to keep things French, so there are a lot of DJs and acts we’ve never heard of. Which is cool. There are worse places to build your career than on the beach in Cannes.

What there is not is an English website, so we hope you parle Français.

Day passes start at 50 euros and you can get yours here. Now, as for getting a hotel room in August in the South of France … bonne chance avec ça.

Hospitality in the Woods

17 August in Beckenham Place Park, London

This is the drum & bass event of the year and the only one in a lush London park.

For a 10-hour festival (noon to 10 p.m.), there’s a crazy number of acts. We couldn’t list them all, so we’re including the graphic at the top.

Tickets start at 48.65 pounds and you can get yours here.

Sonus Festival

18 thru 22 August, Zcre Beach on Pag Island, Croatia

Sonus is Croatia’s real-dea underground house and techno festival, offering an escapist mix of adventure travel and music for the ultimate destination holiday experience. And it comes with a beach-party location … five days and five nights of partying on the Adriatic.

Sonus Festival is producedby ravers, for ravers, with every detail getting serious attention to detail from production and curation, to sound and visuals. And the lineup is primo including 999999999, Adam Beyer, Adriatique, Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann, CamelPhat, Lilly Palmer, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Mochakk, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth and a lot more.

Regular tickets are 239 euros, with VIP tickets going for 350 euros. You can get yours here.

Creamfields 2024

22 thru 25 August, Daresbury, England near Liverpool

They don’t get any bigger than Creamfields, and 2024 could be the biggest EDM event of the year, with all the Names from Armin van Buuren to Tïesto. It would be easier to say who’s not playing Creamfields, and the only name we see missing is David Guetta. Other than Guetta, there are 300 artists over four days performing on 30 stages for 70,000 expected attendees, according to the media release we got.

New for this year is the Apex indoor stage that can accommodate 30,000. Hope you like crowds.

Tickets start at 240 pounds and you can get yours here.

Mysteryland

30 August thru 1 September in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands outside Amsterdam

Billed as the oldest EDM festival in the Netherlands, Mysteryland marks the last big summer event for a lot of Dutch kids and a fair number of their parents. This really is one of the biggest, typically drawing more than 100.000 visitors representing 100 nationalities to a green space outside Amsteredam. One reason is, it’s easy to get to in Haarlemmermeer, about 25 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam and 5 kilometers from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. 

This year, the theme is “Peace, Love& Mystery,” and the lineup includes 999999999, Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, I Hate Models, Kölsch and many more.

There’s camping and other amenities.

You can get tickets here starting at 119 euros.

BEONIX Music Festival

20 to 22 September, Limassol, Cyprus

BEONIX Music Festival returns to Cyprus for another hot (literally) year with three stages, 50 DJs, and more than 30 hours of electronic music. Headlining the event are Fatboy Slim and Claptone with Estella Boersma, GHEIST (live), Teenage Mutants and Undercatt

Last year, the festival drew thousands of music lovers, with headliners Black Coffee, Paul Kalkbrenner, Stephan Bodzin, Maceo Plex, and Oliver Huntemann, so this is a big deal year after year.

Day passes are 125 euros and you can get yours here.

Time Warp

25 & 26 October in Mannheim

This is a special weekend celebrating the birthday of an EDM pioneer. German DJ Sven Väth turns 60, which tells you that the electronic dance music genre is maturing. Will it mellow? We think not if the Rolling Stones are touring at 80.

But we digress ….

Time Warp will return to Maimarkt Mannheim in October. Joining Väth will be Nina Kraviz, Charlotte de Witte b2b Enrico Sangiuliano, Adam Beyer, and many, many more.

Sven Väth’s 60th aside, Time Warp is one of signature events in Europe, so this bad boy will sell out quickly. You can still get tickets here starting at 59 euros. And by the way, this is one of multiple Time Warp-branded events in Europe, the United States, Brazil and Spain, so make sure you’re getting the right tickets to the right event.

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